Universal Access To All Knowledge
Home Donate | Store | Blog | FAQ | Jobs | Volunteer Positions | Contact | Bios | Forums | Projects | Terms, Privacy, & Copyright
Search: Advanced Search
Anonymous User (login or join us)
Upload

Reply to this post | See parent post | Go Back
View Post [edit]

Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 6, 2009 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Small world indeed! I used to live out there too in Kapoho for a few years, as well as Ainaloa, Nanawale, Paradise Park & Hawaiian Beaches before moving to Hilo and then Kona. Were you there in the eighties & nineties during the eruption?
The first two pictures are of Harry K. Brown Park in Kalapana, across from Drainpipe. This was my favorite park at the black sand beach. I first camped out here right in the spot where you see the two stands of palm trees. The third picture is lava entering the Queen's Bath in Kalapana near the Kamoamoa National Park. It was a favorite swimming spot.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-09-06 19:28:58

Attachment: 19900506-JG16033_large.jpg
Attachment: RIFT_065.jpg
Attachment: RIFT_042.jpg

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 6, 2009 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Hey SD--can't recall if you were in on the discussion some time back about HKB Pk--under lava now, right?

Captured three huge Marine Toads there on my first visit in 1970...nobody but nobody around there then...

Great spot.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 7, 2009 12:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Wow! I didn't arrive until '79 and there was nothing there then either. A very special place, a magical place. A place of unearthly power and beauty until the lava consumed it in May of 1990. I camped there a lot. Very mystical. I have wonderful memories from those days.
As a "Dead-related" footnote, Jerry played a benefit in Hilo shortly after this happened for Earth Day. I have seen pictures of Jerry touring the volcano during the time. Here are some more pics.
There was quite a bit of drama wrapped up in all of this. The last hold-out to the lava flow was a guy named Walter who owned a store at Kalapana. It was the place everybody used to stop at. During the eruption Walter made sacrifices to Pele, the goddess of the volcano according to Hawaiian religion. CNN even sent in a team to cover the stand off between Walter and the lava flow. It went on for many days. One day he ceased his sacrifices and gave his land over to the goddess Pele. Shortly after, the lava that had surrounded the store for days consumed the building. Here you see the store and the aftermath.

Attachment: 19900423-JG14913_large.jpg
Attachment: dds24-373_large.jpg
Attachment: dds24-378_large.jpg

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: William Tell Date: Sep 7, 2009 5:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Very nice (? well, you know) pics!

Thanks, SD!

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 8, 2009 9:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

W.S. Merwin live anywhere around there??

:)

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 8, 2009 11:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

I'm not familiar with his work, but I believe he lives on Maui.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: skies Date: Sep 8, 2009 11:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Skydawg :just saw your awsome pics of store Kalapana .So hot pool gone too ,i guess

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 9, 2009 1:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

So sorry I didn't answer you sooner skies. No, the hot ponds survived. The majestic cold pond, the "Queen's Bath", that I posted a picture of, did not. I really miss that place.
There is more than one hot pond though. There is one at Pohoiki and one on the highway to Kalapana. I was confused which hot pond you meant.

Unfortunately, the beach town of Kalapana no longer exists . The pictures I posted were of it's destruction.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-09-09 08:28:30

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: skies Date: Sep 9, 2009 3:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Sky dawg ,!I don't remember the name of hot pool ,as it was so far back in late 70's when I was there ! It was very close to a beach ,straight down from Pahoa and before Kalapana is all I can recall !

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: skies Date: Sep 9, 2009 3:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Near Pohoiki beach ,maybe ! Queens bath ; i remember name only ,but a clear site memory was a huge cold water pool with a cliff really people would jump from ,into pool . But i don't remember whereabouts of this place . There were also little pits of steam where I took hot saunas somewhere !Now i am half a planet away !!!

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: skies Date: Sep 6, 2009 3:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

W.Tell I was on Big Island late 70's !

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: vapors Date: Sep 6, 2009 12:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

The lava was hard and done when I arrived in '92. My wife had lived there before in the '80s and pointed out all the "hot" spots that had changed since.
Harry Brown was a five minute walk from our place.

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 7, 2009 12:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Wow! You lived five minutes from Harry K. Brown? What a great place! Man, I had SO many GREAT TIMES out there!! One year in '85 I camped the whole summer between Harry K. Brown and Spencer Beach in Kona. I spent a few months staying down the red road from Kalapana at Kalani Honua, just down the road from where you were. Too cool. If all you guys ever end up back here again we should have a forum party!

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: vapors Date: Sep 8, 2009 8:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

Ok, just spoke with my wife (something I religiously try to avoid) to refresh my memory. Make that a 5 minute bicycle ride, under two miles. It must have been sweet to have been there before all the damage, but Mother Nature is her own master. Most nights we could still see the glow from flows further up the mountain. You could walk to what's left of Harry K. Brown park on the lava behind our house – I’d sometimes take my little ones there. Mostly we went to Kehena beach keiki pool, or Queen’s bath. Loved the beaches on Kona side for sure.

My two years living on the island were an experience equal to no other I've had and these days I often find myself trying to (or wishing I could) recapture that peace.


This post was modified by vapors on 2009-09-09 03:02:20

Reply to this post
Reply [edit]

Poster: skies Date: Sep 6, 2009 4:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Forum regulars

terrific photos , Skydawg ,thanks !

Terms of Use (31 Dec 2014)